Matthew Ballister tearfully told a jury he accidentally ran over April Wyckoff on the driveway of his Union Township home

ELIZABETH — By the time she died on a fall evening in 2013, her body later discovered under an SUV, April Wyckoff had been abusing drugs for two days straight, her former boyfriend testified Thursday.

Matthew Ballister said he and Wyckoff had been making trips from his Union Township home to Newark and Elizabeth to buy cocaine before an argument broke out over alleged infidelity, Wyckoff called 911 and he accidentally ran over her with his Hummer.

“She wasn’t moving,” Ballister said, starting to cry. “Her eyes were closed, and she was making a sound. And then it stopped.”

In two hours of testimony before a packed Union County courtroom, Ballister told a jury he never meant to kill Wyckoff, his on-and-off girlfriend, on Oct. 22, 2013. He thought she was in the back seat of his Hummer when he started to back it out of the driveway to take them both to the hospital, he said.

Ballister, 47, stands accused of intentionally killing Wyckoff, dismembering her and hiding the parts. Investigators found five black garbage bags with her remains by the Passaic River in Newark, but they have never found her full body.

Dressed in a gray button-down shirt, Ballister told jurors in Judge Stuart Peim’s courtroom that he met Wyckoff online in March 2012 and she moved in with him a few months later. Their lives started to spiral out of control the next year when they started abusing drugs, Ballister said under direct examination by defense attorney Thomas Russo.

He said he was using cocaine, heroin and prescription drugs, including Valium, while Wyckoff, then 43, used cocaine and heroin.

Ballister said the events leading up …read more

Source:: New Jersey Real -Time News

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